We are excited to announce that we will be moving our DC office to a new nearby location in the iconic Foxhall Square Building in Washington DC starting on November 1st ,2022. Our old location at 2112 F, St. NW, Ste. 701, Washington DC ,20037 will be permanently closed. We realize that change can be difficult, but we hope to make the transition as smooth as possible for everyone. Please note that our office in Alexandria, VA 22315 is open as usual. We look forward to seeing patients in our newly updated and conveniently located Foxhall office. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us or drop by the office.

Braun Dermatology

New Location!
Foxhall Square
3301 New Mexico Ave NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20016
Phone: (202) 293-7618
Fax: (202) 775-1772
Hours: (Monday-Thursday 8:00am-4:30pm, Friday 8:00am-3:00pm)
Washington, DC
202-816-7557 (New Patients)
202-293-7618 (Existing Patients)
Alexandria, VA
571-449-2555 (New Patients)
571-302-5377 (Existing Patients)

Experts in
Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Fellowship-Trained Mohs Surgeons

If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, it is important to understand all of your treatment options. While Mohs surgery is not always needed, it provides the highest cure rates while leaving the smallest surgical scar. The fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons at Braun Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center are here to help you understand your diagnosis and help you decide on the best treatment for you.

Cancer Testing

If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, call us at

202-816-7557 to Learn More About Your Treatment Options.

What is Mohs Surgery?

Approximately 70 years ago Dr. Frederic Mohs in Madison, Wisconsin developed this highly specialized technique for the removal of skin cancer. In short, Mohs surgery is a way of removing the cancer one layer at a time and examining the tissue, while you wait, to make sure the entire cancer has been removed.

Mohs surgery is performed under local anesthesia. Once the area is numb, all of the visible tumor is removed along with a narrow margin of normal appearing skin. The tissue is then processed by the lab in the office and then evaluated under the microscope by the Mohs surgeon. If the tumor is found at the margin, then more tissue is removed precisely where the tumor was found. The process is repeated until the cancer is removed completely.

Mohs surgery has two advantages over other methods of treatment of skin cancer. First, it has the highest cure rate of any method of treatment, and we consider this the most important advantage. Second, the technique of Mohs surgery limits the amount of normal skin that is removed, which means that the wound is the smallest possible wound, while still ensuring that the cancer has been removed. One disadvantage to using Mohs surgery is the amount of time that is required. Because it is more technically difficult than other methods of treatment, it takes longer. We ask our patients who are undergoing Mohs surgery to dedicate the entire day to being with us. While the surgery may not take all day long, we cannot predict how long it will require (because we cannot predict how extensive the cancer may be).

Why Use Mohs Surgery?

After a skin cancer is diagnosed, there are multiple factors that are considered when choosing which method of treatment is most appropriate. The type, size, location, clinical appearance of the cancer, and whether the cancer is recurrent or primary are all considered.

Mohs Micrographic surgery has two distinct advantages over other methods of treatment. First and most importantly, Mohs surgery provides the highest cure rate of all skin cancer treatments. Second, Mohs surgery only removes cancerous tissue and leaves the normal skin in place. This results in the smallest possible wound. This is important when the cancer is located in an area where we would like to minimize scarring, such as the face or in areas where removing it with a wider margin (standard excision) would make the wound difficult to repair.

Mohs surgery is not always necessary. Smaller cancers in other areas of the body, such as the arms, legs, and trunk may be removed without difficulty by an excision. This procedure involves taking a standard “safety” margin around the tumor.

Every skin cancer is different, and the decision on which method of treatment is most appropriate for your skin cancer is one that should be made by you and your dermatologist. If you have a skin cancer and are trying to figure out how it should be treated, please speak with your dermatologist about the different options. Obtaining a second opinion from other dermatologists is certainly a reasonable expectation. If you would like to speak with us about whether Mohs surgery is the right treatment for you, we encourage you to make an appointment so that we can evaluate your cancer and give you our honest opinion.

We are happy to provide an initial evaluation or second opinion and explain Mohs surgery in more detail. Call Braun Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center in Washington, DC at 202-816-7557 or Alexandria, VA at 571-449-2555.

Braun Dermatology Team

Braun Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center

Dr. Marisa Braun is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon. She graduated from Princeton University, University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed her dermatology residency at George Washington University. She completed her Procedural Dermatology and Mohs Surgery Fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina.

She is skilled in Mohs Surgery and skin procedures such as excisions, mole and cyst removals as well as cosmetic procedures that include neuromodulators, fillers, and laser procedures.

Dr. Braun is also a prestigious Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, Fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery, member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery amongst many others. She is a volunteer faculty member at George Washington University Department of Dermatology.
Washington, DC
202-816-7557 (New Patients)
202-293-7618 (Existing Patients)
Alexandria, VA
571-449-2555 (New Patients)
571-302-5377 (Existing Patients)

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